The setting, the plot, the intense nature of the community and shifty, shifty who dunnit style makes this an enthralling read.
It wasn't always a fast pace read, it was descriptive and at times as creepy as hell.
Living in an area you felt safe, within the community and then your child is found near death... you would think those people would come and support you, but no they were too busy looking out for themselves.
That for me was the clever and intenseness of this novel.
Barbara brought to life some clever ideas into the plot lines, and this was an easy read from that sense. However, it is based on lies and deceit and from that comes discomfort.